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Why Were the Redskins the Last NFL Team to Integrate?

Washington was the last team to integrate, 16 years after the color barrier was broken. Owner George P. Marshall ran a southern-focused media empire and was pushed into anti-discrimination compliance by the Kennedy Administration. Read the story to learn more.

Griffith Stadium from the air in 1960 (Wikipedia)

Griffith Stadium Meets the Wrecking Ball

The site of so many wonderful baseball and football memories, Griffith Stadium, had its life ended by the brutal swings of a wrecking ball in 1965. The hapless doormat of the American League, the Washington Senators stopped playing in there after the 1961 season, after which, the days were numbered.

Duke vs. GWU (1948)

Duke vs. George Washington University at Duke Stadium (1948)

Check out this program. It’s for the Duke vs. GWU football game, held on November 13th, 1948 at Duke. Source: Duke University Libraries Duke was pretty average in 1948, going 4-3-2 under coach Wallace Wade. GWU was similarly mediocre at 4-6 with coach Bo Rowland. Well, Duke smashed GWU in a horribly lopsided game, 62 […]

1961 Washington Redskins

1961: The Last Year Season Redskins Fielded All-White Team

Only the Dallas Cowboys saved the Washington Redskins from complete disaster in 1961, the last year they fielded an all-white team. The Washington football franchise, under first-year coach Bill McPeak, posted a 1-12-1 record, the worst showing in Redskins’ history, in their first season in the new DC Stadium (later RFK) on East Capitol Street. […]

Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice on sidelines with Washington Redskins head coach Joe Kuharich during game versus the Green Bay Packers at Riddick Stadium, Raleigh, N.C., September 11, 1954

Worst-Ever Season for the Redskins? Quite Possibly 1954

As dismal as this fall has been for fans of the Washington football franchise (want an illustrated history book for Christmas?), the 1954 season might have been even worse. How bad was it? In early November, the ‘Skins were trounced by the mighty Cleveland Browns at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, 62-3. I still recall Shirley […]

Ghosts of Heismans’ Past: Jack Scarbath and Bernie Faloney

It’s been more than 60 years since the University of Maryland (here’s a good history book from Amazon) had a serious candidate for college football’s Heisman Trophy. In the early 1950’s, the Terps had two quarterbacks who came close in the Heisman voting but just missed getting college football’s most prestigious award: Jack Scarbath in 1952 […]

1954 Maryland football

The 1950s Were The Glory Days for Maryland Football

So long ACC. Hello Big Ten. The University of Maryland’s final game in the Atlantic Coast Conference Saturday, a 41-21 win at North Carolina State, brought back vivid memories of the 1954 season when this writer first saw the Terps play at Byrd Stadium in College Park. Source: University of Maryland The date was Nov. […]

Who Were The Ballston Skulls?

The Ballston Skulls sounds like a gang. They weren’t. The Skulls played semi-pro football representing the village of Ballston. They played and practiced on a field, known as Ballston Stadium, at Ball’s Crossroads, currently the site of Ballston Common Mall. In 1937, when the Redskins moved here from Boston, the team worked out at the […]

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Gripp, Mathew, [Nathan] Lahn, Troske -- Gallaudet U." Gridiron stars of the first college for the deaf, credited with inventing the football huddle in the 1920s as a way to keep its signed plays secret.

Football Huddle Invented by Gallaudet University

According to legend, the Gallaudet football team invented the huddle as a means to prevent opposing teams from stealing their plays by reading their sign language. Below are four players from the 1920 Gallaudet University football squad … looking super psyched.

Washington Redskins: 1942 NFL Champions

Sunday is our first game and the beginning of RGIII in D.C. Let’s bring back some pride to the Washington Redskins. And we’d like to give a quick shout out to GoDCer, and giant Redskins, fan Drew at Meridian Pint. This one’s for you. Thanks for the friendly football conversation the other day. The United […]

Georgetown University football team in 1927 (source: georgetown.edu)

Georgetown Football Victory Wins Bride for Student

That football bet story, uncovered in the last post, about Marjorie Morris is too good not to look into, and sure enough, there’s an article about it titled “Hilltop Football Victory Wins Bride for Student.” Below is the Washington Post article from November 21st, 1928. When Georgetown’s football team downed the University of West Virginia […]

Super Bowl XXVI

Hail to the Redskins!

Well, football is coming to a close this weekend and you’re probably thrilled to watch the commercials. Oh, and I’m sure everyone has their plans set to watch the Super Bowl too. One thing you will not be watching this Sunday is the Washington Redskins … again … #FAIL. A generation ago, the Redskins were […]

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